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The Bumthang Cultural Trek-11 Days

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Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India. It is a mountainous country except for a small flat strip in the southern foothills. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.

Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and valleys boast of spectacular biodiversity, earning it a name as one of the world’s ten most important biodiversity hot spot.

While Bhutan is definitely one of the smallest countries in the world, yet the cultural diversity and its richness are profound. As such strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its rich cultural diversity.

 Trip Duration  11 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
 Trekking destination  
 Trip Grade  
 Activities  Trekking & cultural sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
 Best Seasons  (Mid-September to end-November) & (mid-March through May)
 Accommodations  nights at Kathmandu & nights in lodge/teahouse during trek
 Meals   Breakfast, Lunches & dinners
 Transportation  Private vehicle / flights

  • Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative. Please look for signage of Natraj Trekking with your name once you come out of Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your luggage. You will be escorted by our representative to the hotel
  • Welcome to Kathmandu, capital of the ancient Mountain Kingdom of Nepal. Kathmandu has the air of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces.
  • Upon arrival at the hotel, guest will be provided welcome drinks along with the room key
  • In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine Nepali local meal.
  • Overnight at the hotel
  • Meals included: Dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Half day tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Visit a local hire shop if needed
  • Overnight at the hotel
  • After breakfast and trek briefing, we have arranged a walking tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square through Ason (local market) with a local Nepali guide.
  • Our sightseeing this morning takes in the sumptuous majesty of Durbar Square, with its collection of ornate palaces, courtyards and temples that span some three centuries of dynastic rule by Malla, Shah and Rana kings. We’ll see the Great Bell and the fearsome image of the six-armed Kala Bhairab, the magnificent Taleju Temple and the Kasthamandap, the oldest building in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also visit the Asan Bazaar and the Kumari Ghar, home to the Kumari Devi, a living goddess worshipped by both followers of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
  • This afternoon we will then have an opportunity to visit a local hire shop to pick up any last minute equipment still needed.
  • Overnight at the hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast


  • Dinner and overnight at the (teahouse)
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Dinner and overnight at the
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Dinner and overnight at
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free time till departure
  • Transfer to airport for final departure
  • You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again.
  • Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Natraj Trekking will transfer you to the airport.
  • Meals include: Breakfast

The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Druk Air BAE 319 airbus, the country’s national (and so far only) carrier. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection. The following stations are connected with Druk Air Flights:

  • India (Kolkata, Bagdogra, Delhi, Gaya, Bombay)
  • Nepal (Kathmandu)
  • Thailand (Bangkok)
  • Bangladesh (Dhaka)
  • Singapore

Our national airline flies several times a week between each destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season. Flight schedules click here

Arrival/departure through the south-western border town of Phuntsholing, south- central border town of Gelephu and the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar.

The nearest airport to the south-western border town of Phuntsholing is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 4 hours’ drive away. Phuntsholing is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutang.

Bumthang airport in central Bhutan and Yongphula airport in Trashigang in the East are now open.

The nearest airport to the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is at Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam, about 3 hours’ drive away. Samdrup Jongkhar is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the Indian states of Assam and other North Eastern states of India along with Bhutan.

Tourism in Bhutan has been strictly limited so that tradition and culture is preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored by its pricing and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours & trekking through an local tour operator on a pre-planned, pre-paid basis. The tour operator is responsible for visa clearance, flight confirmation and for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including permits and special permits.

Visas Clearance is required for travelling to Bhutan, and applications are processed online in conjunction with tour booking dates and flights. No foreign missions/embassies abroad grant Bhutan tourist visas. Please email us your valid colored passport copy at least 4 weeks prior to date of travel. We do not require any photos for visa applications or on entry into Bhutan. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months starting from date of entry.

Visa applications are cleared in advance, visa clearance issued and forwarded to overseas agents and clients. Actual visa is stamped on clients’ passports on arrival at the port of entry for the exact number of days in Bhutan.

Note: For travellers entering Bhutan by Druk Air or by road, visa clearance is required for boarding; the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Tourists without a visa clearance document will not be permitted to board their flights.

  • Clear passport scanned and in colour of the tourist should be sent to us at least 30 days in advance. Best to send a scanned photo too if passport is not clear.
  • On receiving the tour payment, we shall process the visa on behalf of the tourist and we will advise the visa approval document to the agent/tourist by scanned image in email to board the flight.
  • We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air tickets on behalf of our guest.
  • Actual visa is stamped on the visitor’s passport on arrival at the port of entry.

Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them)

Tariff, Payment and Cancellation Policy Tariff:

The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:

  • High Season Tariff–US$ 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October, November).
  • Low Season Tariff – US$200 per person per night halt (January, February, June, July, August, December).

The minimum price includes:

  • All government taxes and charges (including the royalty)
  • Accommodation in standard hotels approved by TCB in 2-3 star category.
  • Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  • All Internal transportation
  • Full camping Equipment and staff on trek
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance to museums and monuments

Visa Fee US $ 40 per person and Airfare- Royal Bhutan Airlines Druk Air. For latest flight schedules & for airfare, please contact us.

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.

The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided is monitored and approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan from time to time.

The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/day.
This package includes:

  • Luxury Hotel accommodation (4 & 5 star wherever available and requested).
  • All meals at luxury hotels & at local restaurants.
  • Internal transportation and transfers in upgraded vehicles.
  • Licensed English Speaking Guide.
  • Sightseeing to places of interest.
  • Entrances fees to museums and monuments.
  • Royalty to the government.

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:

Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night

The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved .

  • There will be no discounts for diplomatic passport holders.
  • There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years except for actual expenses. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
  • Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards and date of birth from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.

Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from us.

Advance payment in full for the entire tour package must be sent to Natraj Trekking at least 3 months prior to arrival. It is advisable to remit payment for Druk Air flights 4/5 months in advance or at the time of booking. This will help us to obtain confirmed seats on the requested flights.Payment is done through wire transfers; we do also credit card (Master/Visa Cards only) facility in Nepal for tour payments. If you are paying by credit cards, you need to fill the form that will be provided by us once you confirmed the tours through us.

Full tour Payment has to be transferred (wired) on confirming your Bhutan Visit with us to the following account of our Bank as follows:

  • Name on Account: Natraj Tours & Travels (P.) Ltd.
  • Payee Address: Jwagal, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • USD Bank Account Number: 60 26602
  • Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd.
  • Address of Bank: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Swift Code: NIBLNPKT via: American Express Bank

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